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Apuleius' Platonism
The Impersonation of Philosophy

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Part of Cambridge Classical Studies

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025479

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  • Apuleius of Madauros, writing in the latter half of the second century CE in Roman North Africa, is best known to us today for his Latin fiction, the Metamorphoses aka The Golden Ass, about a man who turned into a donkey and back again. However, he was also a Platonic philosopher, who, even though many of his writings are lost, wrote a range of rhetorical and philosophical works which survive to this day. This book examines these works to reveal how Apuleius' Platonism is a result of his 'impersonation of philosophy', that is, a rhetorically powerful methodological tool that allows him to 'speak' on behalf of Plato and his philosophy. This book is the first exploration of the full scope of his idiosyncratic brand of Platonism across his multifarious literary corpus and is a major contribution to the study of the dynamic between literature and philosophy in antiquity and beyond.

    • The first study of Apuleius' Platonism in terms of his literary corpus, which explores the borderline between literature and philosophy
    • Provides essential background to the whole corpus for readers of Apuleius' novel, the Metamorphoses
    • Translates all Greek and Latin, and so is accessible to a wide range of readers
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    "Apuleius’ Platonism is a thoughtful and thought-provoking addition to the libraries of scholars from several fields, including ancient rhetoric, the ancient novel, and those who work on the dynamic between philosophy and literature."
    Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025479
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 142 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Becoming Plato, voicing Platonism
    3. Universal reading and daemonic interpretation
    4. Platonism on trial and philosophy on stage
    5. Conclusion (Metamorphoses).

  • Author

    Richard Fletcher, Ohio State University
    Richard Fletcher is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Ohio State University.

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